Be the First to Know the Findings in Our Corporate Guide to Solving the Equation
Employers are able to influence the representation of women in engineering and computing by improving the workplace climate and changing their hiring and promotion practices. This fall, AAUW brought together 16 companies from a range of industries to discuss the ways in which corporate America can work to recruit, retain, and advance women in engineering and computing. Based on the conversations from the convening and the recommendations from our 2015 research report, Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing, in 2016, AAUW will release a guide for corporations on how to effectively advance women in those fields.
Journalists can e-mail Lisa Goodnight or call 202.785.7738 for more information.
Women currently make up half the U.S. workforce but hold only 26 percent of computing jobs and 12 percent of engineering jobs. This is true even as the United States faces a major workforce shortage in these professions, as AAUW documents in our report. We need bold solutions to bring more women to and keep them in these fields — in the interests of gender equity, global competitiveness, and creative problem solving and productivity.
Solving the Equation is made possible by these generous supporters: the National Science Foundation, Research on Gender in Science and Engineering award 1420214; AT&T; and the Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle.
It seems that entering a high-paying field like engineering or computing still does not protect women against the gender pay gap.
From being called “trouble” in the professional lab environment to being told that they need a man’s sign-off to make their research legitimate, women scientists and engineers face horrendous workplace bias.
Race and gender shaped Najla’s four years at Harvey Mudd, and she knows the same will be true when she graduates in the spring and enters the larger world of technology.